It’s My 44th Birthday and I’m Coming Out of the Closet

There’s something significant about the double 4s. It feels like a good thing, an auspicious year coming. The number four represents stability, calmness and home. We have four seasons, four directions, four elements, and at the Hoffman Institute we worked with the four aspects of our being–body, intellect, emotion and…

The Hoffman Process: How It’s Changing My Life

As I’ve written about previously, I recently had the opportunity to attend the Hoffman Process at the Hoffman Institute in St. Helena, California. It was an amazing opportunity and one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, worth every penny it cost me to take this trip of a lifetime….

The Hoffman Process: My Experience

There are a few reasons it’s hard to talk about the Hoffman Process itself. One, because all Process participants and graduates are under a confidentiality agreement saying we won’t discuss the others in our group. Two, because the element of surprise is such an important part of each day of…

The Hoffman Process: Pre-Process Jitters and Why I Went

Writing and speaking about the Hoffman Process is not easy. It’s one of the most amazing, intense experiences I’ve ever had in my life and that is hard to convey in words. However, my personality is such that when people told me “I can’t tell you what it’s like or…

Let’s Talk About Burnout and Self-Kindness

Today I want to write about burnout. Because I’m in the middle of it, big time. May was my one-year business and coaching anniversary. It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year, and at the same time hard to believe it’s ONLY been a year. In this year I…

The Joy of Food

What would it look like for you if every meal you ate became an opportunity to experience joy and pleasure? This is such a novel question in a culture that nearly hates food and everything to do with it. From the lack of time we spend preparing food, to the…

A Sense of Wonder, A Sense of Joy

This morning it’s snowing (again) in Minnesota. It’s about 30 degrees Farenheit and a cold wind is blowing. I went for a walk anyway. On my route I passed an elementary school just as a group of children were coming out of the building. Shouts of joy rang out and…

What Delights You?

Spring has finally arrived in Minnesota and that makes it much easier to think about delight. Everything is more delightful as winter finally moves on and we get to bask in a temperature of 70 degrees F. today. I’m also thinking about delight because I’m leading my first Joy, Delight,…

How Loving Self-leadership Helps Me (and Can Help You) Thrive

I am honored to be part of Hannah Braime’s blog tour in support of her new class, From Coping to Thriving. From Coping to Thriving is a six-week journey that will teach you how to turn your coping strategies into self-caring behaviors, leaving behind struggle and learning to thrive. This post is…